I love a mortar and pestle. Grinding toasted spices, mashing garlic cloves, connects me to my ingredients and makes tasty food!
Iron Chef America
"I'm neurotic and need precision when slicing. But watch your fingers!"
Good Stuff Eatery, multiple locations
23. Aluminum Foil
"I make a boat out of it to smoke delicate fish that normally wouldn't be grillable."
O Ya, Boston
24. Serrated Paring Knife
"It's the best all-purpose knife for everything from peeling shallots to coring apples!"
25. Digital Scale
"It allows you to apply more precision to your recipe measurements."
Co-author, Modernist Cuisine at Home
26. Flexible Plastic Cutting Boards
"They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to clean. You can chop your ingredients and just pick up the entire cutting board, fold it and let everything slide into the pan."
27. Kitchen Shears
"I use them to open food packages, cut twine and make parchment circles for cake baking. They are great for skinning chicken, as well, and the blades come apart for easy cleaning."
28. Egg Cutter
My favorite kitchen tool is an egg cutter. My daughters love to use it on their soft-boiled eggs!
"I use it all the time to make sparkling water at home. I love how green it is with its reusable bottles, and I love how much time I save not driving to the store to purchase sparkling water!"
Mary Sue Milliken
Border Grill, Los Angeles
"I like to cook bouquets of vegetables wrapped in twine. I'll wrap leeks around fennel bulbs, tie them up and poach them in vegetable stock."